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“The Heart of the matter IS the matter of the Heart”

“The Heart of the matter IS the matter of the Heart”A

“Divine Art”

If you could see inside your heart.

Broken places … broken apart.

Has hope become a drought?

When did the Light go out?

Has the door been closed?

For uncounted reasons no one knows.

A disconnected heart so easily turns to stone.

Did you forget to forgive & refuse to atone?

Can wounds be healed that can’t be seen?
 

Or does that just happen in a dream?

In “human-onions” … where does one start?

Peeling layers in the heart … this is Divine art.

~ Fay Vietmeier ~


Changing the heart is what transforms. People & cultures.

When the heart is hard. The mind the the spirit & mind become dull.

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On more than one occasion Jesus ask his disciples: “Are you so dull of spirit?” He was referring to the condition of their heart.

Many of the things Jesus told the people were considered radical & revolutionary. His Words were profound & paradox .. metaphors & mystery. Jesus said: "I do not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12)

Jesus was always aiming at the heart. And the Potter understands the clay.

The parables that Jesus told are universal: for all peoples throughout all nations and throughout all time. Jesus understands how we are made & his parables reflect that understanding. Human nature, human behaviors & the condition of the human heart has not changed over thousands of years. The characters in Christ's parables are recognizable in any culture and in any era, because although cultures may differ, character does not —a liar is still a liar, a cheat still a cheat, a hypocrite still a hypocrite, and a fool still a fool. On the other hand, a kind person is still kind, a humble person still humble, a genuine person still genuine.

In like, a person with a hardened-calloused heart can be found anywhere in the world … in any moment of time.

In Matthew 13: 

Jesus disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; (dull-hardened) they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” ~ Matthew 13 (verses:18-23)

How often do you stop to consider that the condition of your heart affects your ability to see & hear?
 

We know that the human heart is a vital organ /physically it is the most vital because if your heart stops beating for *prolonged minutes … your life will end (*http://www.transweb.org/faq/q3.shtml

But the heart is much more than a vital organ that pumps life-giving blood throughout our body.

That is why we are admonished in Proverbs 4

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”

Everything you do flows from your heart.

Jesus gives absolute clarity: the condition of your heart vitally affects sight & understanding.

“Though seeing, they do NOT see; though hearing, they do NOT hear or understand.”

… Very eye-opening … 

“They have closed their eyes” ... This is an act of the will … resulting in chosen blindness.

Here is the cause of the inability to see & hear: 

“This people’s heart has become calloused” (dull-hardened)

“Otherwise” they might: see AND perceive

“Otherwise” they might: hear AND “understand with their HEART”

The life-imparting … life-transforming point that Jesus was making: Turn your heart toward God and be healed … This too, is an act of will … AND it produces healing & blessing.

When Jesus finished explaining why he spoke in parables he said: “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

A side comment: in this passage in Matthew 13: Jesus was quoting from Isaiah 6 … it is repeated several times in the New Testament. It drives home how unchanging is the human heart … throughout human history: people see what they want to see & hear what they want to hear … TRUTH should be what we seek & esteem … and practice. Clearly that is not the case.

So how does one change the condition of their heart? How does a calloused-hardened-dull heart change … become soft?

“When the heart is ready the feet are swift” ~Abraham Lincoln

For years I have had the thought that:

… Physical problems require physical cures …

… Spiritual problems require spiritual cures …

A hardened heart is a spiritual problem … the “hard-heart” condition requires spiritual surgery

This can only be done with the help of the “Great Physician” … it is a supernatural procedure that occurs in a willing heart (it requires recognition of the condition & a desire to change)

You'll never find the solution if you don't see the problem. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Then begins the process of transformation in your heart and life.

“When your heart is right with God … your life will follow.” ~ fem-v

 

In back to back posts written by @Ali Anani: “Hardening Hearts” & “Germination of Ideas” there was a spiritually profound connection that produced this response.

I’ll preface with this note: the focus of Ali’s inspiring thoughts was not specifically toward the spiritual but that is where I was inspirited to go.

Whether you are a believer/a person of faith or a non-believer or an atheist ... the condition of your heart determines much in life … even destiny. So please read on ;~)

The hidden connection between these two posts is found in Matthew 13

In “Hardening Hearts” Ali states: “Spirituality calls for softened hearts. A hardened heart can dull a person’s ability to feel with others and lower his/her perception and understanding”

These words parallel perfectly one of the “pearls” of understanding found in Scripture

Hardened hearts is the first thread.

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“Germination of Ideas” is the second thread.

And once again: “The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart”

Ali writes:

“I found myself asking if ideas germinate in our minds or hearts or even in both of them. Does germination of ideas to produce “ideas seedlings” require what good seeds need to germinate in farms? If our minds are compacted with ideas will these ideas compete as seeds compete for resources and space? Is it good to keep piling ideas in our limited mind space? How will these ideas germinate?”

“Seeds of ideas are living bodies”

Upon reading: the thought that immediately “germinated” in my mind and connected with “Hardening Hearts” is also found in Matthew 13 … also in the form of a parable

(@John Rylance also made this connection)

Here Jesus is speaking into the culture which was agrarian (related to cultivating the land) so the hearers could relate to the parable given.

The “Parable of the sower” which is also known the “Parable of the four soils”

Then he (Jesus) told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” ~ Matthew 13 (verses:1-9)

The parable sets forth that there are 4 different types of “soil” which describe the four conditions of the human heart:

· Rocky soil

· Shallow

· Thorny soil

· Good soil

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton (1901)

It occurs to me as I write: that with the passing of time we have become disconnected from the land and even more disconnected from our hearts.

· The soil beside the road is the person who hears the Word, but doesn’t understand it. This isn’t just intellectual understanding. Jesus means understanding the concepts AND putting them into practice. If a person hears the Word but doesn’t put it into practice, then it never finds its way into the heart. The “evil one, the devil snatches away what was sown in the heart”

· The rocky soil is a heart that hears the Word and “at once receives it with joy”; the person recognizes it as “good news” but doesn’t deepen understanding … and lacks commitment. When trials and hardships come because of the Word, these people fall away–their & faith withers for lack of roots

· Thorny soil is a heart that hears the Word but becomes distracted by the cares and delights of the world. This heart can be overcome by busyness, anxiety, stress, worry, leisure and even procrastination. Probably the most common heart condition.

· The good soil is a heart that “hears the Word & understands it” … values it & applies it. This is the heart that we all desire to have: a heart that understands the Word and walks in its Way each day. This heart still experiences trials but does not fall away; it still experiences anxiety and stress but is not distracted by them.

It is possible that we can experience each of these heart conditions depending on the season & what is happening in our life.

It’s not a test but can you identify what kind of “soil” you are?

It is vitally important to know & monitor the condition of your heart. Your earthly life reflects it. You’re eternal life hinges on it.

There are mountains to be removed & the greatest is in our heart” ~ Phillip Britts /Water at the Root

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/water-at-the-root

A grace filled invitation:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” ~ Ezekiel 36

“Today, if you hear His voice *do not harden your hearts” ~ Hebrews 3
 

*The admonishment “do not harden your heart” appears 7 times in Scripture/ 7 is considered a number of perfection & completeness)
 


 

This post is dedicated to my dear Professor Ali for his thought-filled writings & engaging conversations. If you have not yet read these buzz-posts I encourage that you visit them

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/hardening-hearts

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/germination-of-ideas#c29

Reference on Parables: with my edits

https://www.simplybible.com/f665-stories-for-all-people.htm https://www.projectinspired.com/the-soil-of-your-heart/

January 29, 2020 …this “draft” ended ;~)

I write: “In His Light”~ Fay Vietmeier

If my words make you think … Great ;~)

As “iron-sharpens-iron” … I enjoy bantering with other BEES … your feedback is as “honey”

A glimpse of the “Bee” called “me” ;~)

My caring nature makes me an advocate. My curious nature makes me a “queen of questions” … but gifted with the ability to listen ;~) I am a woman of deep faith, a blessed mother, a voracious reader, a blossoming writer, a grateful person, and a lover of beauty … I treasure TRUTH, family, true friendships and my loyal clients ... enjoy traveling, learning, good movies, good wine and golf. I’m a “heart-to-heart” communicator.

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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #36

Debasish Majumder Thank you Debasish for honoring my thoughts by your "sweet" sharing of this post ;~) I hope all is well with you.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #35

#34
#34 ... thank you Ali for the "sweet" re-sharing of the "matter of the heart" Perhaps this was the comment I ask you about: "it discusses the spiritual force and inspiration that we need to illuminate the darkness falling upon us"

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #34

#33
Roberto De la Cruz Utria Roberto~ your comment reflects your insight … Being “spiritual” is spirit to Spirit: my spirit open to God’s Spirit … at this point a heart –if willing- and desirous can receive the “good deposit of the Holy Spirit guaranteeing what is come” (Sadly) … it could be said that there would be very few who "seeing, see, and who hearing hear and understand" Jesus was very clear in His communication … which again … is aimed at our heart “he who has eyes … let him see” This is so powerful to me: “They have closed their eyes” ... This is an act of the will … resulting in chosen blindness. Here is the cause of the inability to see & hear: “This people’s heart has become calloused” (dull-hardened) “Otherwise” they might: see AND perceive “Otherwise” they might: hear AND “understand with their HEART” “Yes” … much is “complex” … the human mind & heart which has free will And “Truth” As Pilot ask: “What is truth” “Truth was before him … but Pilot did not or could not … or chose not to recognize this (although his wife did) I also want to refer you to the rich conversation @Ali Anani “Implantation of Hope” ...

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I have just re-shared this great post again. I hope this post receives more comments for it discusses the spiritual force and inspiration that we need to illuminate the darkness falling upon us.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #32

#28
Harvey Lloyd I did not read your comment on evolution so my "diversion" was prescient ;~) "It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything." Gilbert K Chesterton

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #31

#27
Harvey Lloyd Such an important point you make Harvey: “humans retain good and evil, regardless of position, wisdom or other extensional traits. Good people do bad things. Bad people do good things” Which ties in with your prior comment: “The fight is ever-present” … “In our internal fight of good and evil” Again: we must choose The Apostle Paul wrestles with this reality just as we do: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7 2) The thought also occurs to me that “good people” are equal recipients of every earthly peril & evil (disease-violence-injustice) And it is human to ask: “Why is God in allowing this? Why does God not intervene? Challenging what you say: “A path forward is revealed and not commanded by my bias” He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs … pairs of opposites ... he relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.” ~CS Lewis I say ongoing discernment is required: Be in the Light … “in His Light … we have light”

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #30

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Harvey Lloyd (part 2) “The fight is ever-present” … “In our internal fight of good and evil” Again: we must choose This is Truth: What you feed grows: “good or evil” … “darkness or Light” … “love or hate” The journey of life should be a journey of growth (personal & spiritual) ... we are always in process & should be open to and able to see the moments & opportunities to GROW (a KEY) ... often those moments pass by because of BIAS, blindness or pride (heart condition & heart-attitude) I wonder if there is anything we do (or say) that is not founded in “judgment” “We are but wind veins of these two great commandments” … Poetically stated Harvey “God is the judge and will work through the issues in His time and place” … He is the Potter and we are the clay… “There's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.”

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #29

#26
Harvey Lloyd Thank you Harvey for always your rich comment … you have a way of making this bee PONDER How filled with WONDER is life on this gem planet … How wondrous that God created man in His image … and we are “fearfully & wonderfully made. This is not the position of many … but we each get to decide ;~) I recently started reading Gilbert K Chesterton who said: “It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything. That was a diversion ;~) Well said: “Psychologists, philosophers and sociologists all recognize that line within the human psyche between good and evil is very thin” Your words bring to mind something @Chris Guest said … “as thin as a human hair” (part 1)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #28

Ps. evolutionists do not like the self aware question. This would have them state that we were not conscious at one point and now we are. This can not be broken down to mere memory capacity but would state that a presence was created at that moment that cant be understood scientifically.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #27

#21
Ran out of space, but wanted to say thank you for your kind words and thoughts. In critical thought we/I need the fundamental premise to launch from. In the case of the discussions here i must except that humans retain good and evil, regardless of position, wisdom or other extensional traits. Good people do bad things. Bad people do good things. This is why we must be vigilant as we constantly point towards the two greatest commandments. This opens the door for God and time to fill in our blank spots created by our own bias. A path forward is revealed and not commanded by my bias. Keep in mind these are more statements of perfection and not something humans can achieve. But we can fight and know where our needle is suppose to point. Good stuff and thoughts.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #26

#21
A deep understanding of the first four chapters of Genesis will reveal confirmation bias and its many turns of blindness instilled in all of us. Evolutionists and creationists alike must come to grips with the point in our history that we became self aware, ashamed of our nakedness. Where did the concept of nakedness come from? In my beliefs the facts are clear, humans are gifted and cursed with the presence of good and evil. No one is immune from the wrath that evil can work on ones psyche or the joy that good brings in fulfillment. The fight according to the first four chapters of genesis is ever present. Psychologists, philosophers and sociologists all recognize that the line within the human psyche between good and evil is very thin. To believe the mentioned points invigorates the meaning of the two greatest commandments. In our internal fight of good and evil we must point our needle, as you described, at these two commandments. Unfortunately we (Heavy inclusion of me.) may point the needle there these days, but we do it with judgement. This act even if righteous bends the first greatest commandment to our own will. We are but wind veins of these two great commandments. God is the judge and will work through the issues in His time and place. It is difficult to unpack the balance of the Bible if a clear understanding of the confirmation bias handed, us by the apple, is is not clear. Paul's inference to seeing through a dark glass refers to this bias.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #25

Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador Thank you so much Franci for sharing "The matter of the heart" Words of caring from my heart ;~) Your generous sharing is as "sweet feedback" to this bee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Maybe you wish to establish a new hive dear Fay Vietmeier. What to call it? Surely, it is "the Well-Spring" cafe

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #23

#22
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Oh Ali ... How I wish we were neighbors ;~) Although it is my imaginary place "the Well-Spring" cafe is a place I have found sweet "bee-fellowship" and an endless resource for picking up pearls ... sharing IDEAS ;~) with the "best-of-bees" of which you are the King ;~) (Shhh ... I don't want this to be misconstrued as too much honey ;~) my "bee-famous drafts" seem to be growing not shrinking ;~) but thanks for holding my feet to the fire ;~)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Well, dear Fay Vietmeier- you asked "are there chemicals that react “sweetly”". Well.at least some of them produce sugary materials. Same with comments my friend and you surely fall into this category. I am waiting for Being in the Light" and I I shall react to it.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #21

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Harvey Lloyd Thank you Harvey for expanding that so well … I always appreciate your wisdom and you challenge my understanding (in a good way ;~) My simplistic way of seeing aligns then: essentially the heart is already decided I will watch what you have shared … Is it Truth? (a needle on my compass) but I like what you say: “if it serves God” (shall add that needle) Pride is a heavy necklace … but how beautiful & light is humility … a humble spirit is an open & teachable spirit … the quality of humility helps to produce growth: your heart & mind … your soul & spirit … darkness or light/wrong or right As I wrote here: “Pits & prisons & palaces” https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/pits-prisons-palaces-promises-to-lay-hold-of This truth: What you feed grows The journey of life should be a journey of growth (personal & spiritual) ... we are always in process & should be open to and able to see the moments & opportunities to GROW (a KEY) ... often those moments pass by because of blindness or pride (bias/heart condition & heart-attitude) “Sow what you want to harvest” “Blind spots” and “Pits” are everywhere … that is why we must guard our hearts & guard our minds I often say what Scripture encourages: “iron-sharpens-iron” Your words about “fellowship” reminded me of Phillip Britts who wrote Water at the Root This book really spoke volumes to my heart: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/water-at-the-root

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #20

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Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I guess I did not read this in good light when I sent it to you … this made me laugh: “when the excited molecule relaxes it emits light”… I guess this bee is one “relaxed molecule” WONDER is everywhere ;~) “Iron-sharpens-iron” Your comment has enlightened & expanded my thinking in a post I’m working on” “Being in the Light” … which I think you will appreciate when the “draft” grows up ;~) So many thoughts … so little time ;~) A new way to consider feedback: “treat comments as chemicals because we react with them” Hope for no “toxic chemicals” You’re the scientist … are there chemicals that react “sweetly”

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #19

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Confirmation bias is the humans need to confirm what they already know, from life experience, knowledge and gained wisdom. Confirmation bias creates blind spots as we institutionalize thoughts that we hold. Humility and humbleness allow us to understand these conditions. When we lack these two components our hearts can become hardened around our bias. Creating huge blind spots as we move forward into modernity. https://youtu.be/wEwGBIr_RIw Our hearts are to some degree already made up, it is only through fellowship, humility and humbleness can we explore what is made up and if it serves God. Given the thoughts in the video we can see how easy it is to know that we are all full of some bias. Scripture and fellowship are the tools faith that help recognize the bias.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #18

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Fay Vietmeier, I have three almost ready drafts and I am not sure which one to publish first. Reading comments can be confusing because I jump from one idea to another depending on the feedback I get. Any how, this is "sweet chaos". One idea I have is exactly what you quoted in your comment. I mean " that generate bioluminescence. Luciferins typically undergo an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and the resulting excited state intermediate emits light upon decaying to its ground state". A chemical gets exited by an oxidizing chemical (such as enzymes) and when the excited molecule relaxes it emits light. I take you as an example, based on the several posts that I wrote and were generated from your posts and comments. I have an idea (this is the basic material) and It gets exited by the oxygen of your comment.To relax myself from this exited state I write a post. Maybe we should deal treat comments as chemicals because we react with them. Keep the inspiration

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #16

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Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee WOW Ali ~ “Light-bringer” what a beautiful thing to be … if bees could blush … I am ;~) The thought that springs to mind when I hear “Lucifer” is the devil or Satan In Scripture it is written: “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11) So discernment is required: what is the light-source? Crucial to know. I am not a scientist ;~) To learn this: was “illuminating” Luciferin (from the Latin lucifer, "light-bringer") is a generic term for the light-emitting compound found in organisms that generate bioluminescence. Luciferins typically undergo an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and the resulting excited state intermediate emits light upon decaying to its ground state. And I somehow happened upon this when I did a Google on “Lucifer” ... very interesting The URANTIA Society http://urantia.nyc/aboutus/bigquestions/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAmsrxBRDaARIsANyiD1qS2bDDjjf3ts1L186GW9RZkl5wUUZmxrOoFDxEzxf7vOp_UzrSOskaAmpfEALw_wcB#lucifer https://urantia-association.org/about-the-urantia-book/urantia-book-faq/ 2) Post 4 “on light” … I would say “be in the Light” & write

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #15

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Pascal Derrien Pascal~ I always appreciate your reading and whatever "pearl" of insight ... you might lay hold of

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Time will be more orderly when our minds and hearts become less chaotic my dear Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #13

#7
Harvey Lloyd WOW Harvey … this a revelation: “Good soil is always the least noticeable” “Good soil always, not only want your seed, but harvest capabilities and fellowship in success” May it be according to your word: “your seed has been multiplied” Thank you Harvey ;~) for the sharing

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #12

#6
Harvey Lloyd Serious thought Harvey: “In our time, a hardened heart or confirmation bias, is a death sentence (I can only respond the same could said for ALL times) “confirmation bias” … might you expand this thought? Do the mean the same as a hardened heart?) Do you mean my heart is already made up? 2) “consider modernity” (meaning this present day?) perhaps you could expand a bit?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
You know the inspirited Fay Vietmeier that I feel happy and joyful whenever I read a comment by you. In chemistry we say something is a Lucifer it means it is light-bringer. This is what you are. You know also how to turn a dim light in a post to magnify it, make it glow and guide others to their unrealized potential. I just wonder if I publish Post 4 on light what would you say? I assure you you found the heart of the matter.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #10

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you Ali for your thought-full responses ... I look forward always to what you say ;~) How right you are my dear Professor that “times are chaotic” The “god of this age & the prince of this world" rules … when this chaotic age ends only God the Father knows. Sometimes I find powerful passages in Scripture that in few words … speak volumes in the present day: Like this one in 2 Corinthians 4 … “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” “Today” is the day to receive the “Implantation of Hope” …. For as many hearts as will receive …For we all need to “softened hearts & spirited souls I like this insight Ali: “not all rocky soils are the same. In few of them water runs through the rocks and you see seeds germinating in the rocks to give green rocks. These are the people who even may have minds of stone; still they have softened hearts.”

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #9

#5
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Something occurred to me last night that is important (well it is in the mind of this bee ;~) When I was responding to one of your comments in “Hardening Hearts” … I thought a wrote “inspired” by your ability … And then saw that I had typed: “inspirited” (“to fill with spirit”) … Was that a coincidence? To me that was personal & profound … to me that was a “pearl” (I have learned to be attentive to seemingly tiny things … that’s what “pearl-finders” do ;~) And as I said there “Finding pearls” is finding the “the heart of the matter” Why do I mention this? Your last 3 posts show a progression toward light & life: Your move from “Hardening Hearts” to “Germination of Ideas” to “Implantation of Hope” …Coincidence? I think you were “inspirited” (For me) this is an “inspirited-pearl”… That the gift of the “good deposit of the Holy Spirit guaranteeing what is to come” is exactly like an “Implantation of Hope” … BOTH are made in the HEART.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #8

''the “hard-heart” condition requires spiritual surgery'' that's a powerful line :-)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #7

The four different soil conditions are not static, they are dynamic. By this i mean each of the four types are wanting the planter to plant on them. Keeping in mind that one seed is suppose to equal exponentially more seeds for the effort. SO as the thorny thicket screams for seeds the planter does not plant so it must scream louder and more emotionally. Good soil is always the least noticeable. It requires no sales pitch, no victimization message nor a big sign that say look at me. The distraction of the less productive soils always outweighs its abilities to produce. With these three it will usually be a one seed for none. When we look at intent of each soil we quickly discover the three only want your seed with return on effort for you. Good soil always, not only want your seed, but harvest capabilities and fellowship in success. Your seed has been multiplied and shared.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #6

Fay Vietmeier you have weaved together a lot of information concerning our "perspective" as we look towards others and ideas. The information points from ancient history what confirmation bias and blind spots offer us as humans. We hear these words today concerning bias and believe that these are modern thoughts. This are just words that were created from the ancient texts to describe the same thing. In our time, a hardened heart or confirmation bias, is a death sentence. Forcing the round peg through the square hole is a youthful exercise. These exercises should teach as we go along that wisdom wins, muscles lose in the end. You laid an excellent foundation for us to follow in considering our bias and blind spots as we consider modernity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The spirited heart of soilFay Vietmeier I am overtaken not only by your dedication and referencing to my last two posts, but also with your deep understanding and extension of ideas and even planting new seeds of thought in fertile soils and souls. You are gifted my friend with a green spirit and soil in which water runs smoothly. I read your thought "The characters in Christ's parables are recognizable in any culture and in any era, because although cultures may differ, character does not —a liar is still a liar, a cheat still a cheat, a hypocrite still a hypocrite, and a fool still a fool". The universality of your ideas is the same. I may add that not all rocky soils are the same. In few of them water runs through the rocks and you see seeds germinating in the rocks to give green rocks. These are the people who even may have minds of stone; still they have softened hearts. It is great to have faith and even greater to have faith in a heart with good soil and water supply. You highlight these thoughts in your post and the quotes you refer to from the Bible are amazingly applicable today and everywhere. In these chaotic times a post like this one are the seeds that hopefully fall on softened hearts and spirited souls like yours.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #4

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1 year ago #3

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1 year ago #2

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee ... this is for you my dear Professor Harvey Lloyd ... thank you for your always rich insights John Rylance ... who saw the connection Tausif Mundrawala ... to let you know I'm praying for you and thinking of you Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven

Fay Vietmeier

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1 year ago #1

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee ... for you my dear Professor ;~) Harvey Lloyd David Navarro L\u00f3pez Tausif Mundrawala

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